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Police: 4 killed in car bomb attack in Somalia

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Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a suicide car bomb near the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, July 5, 2014. A Somali police officer says troops have thwarted an attack by a suicide bomber outside the heavily guarded parliament headquarters. Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer says troops stopped a suicide car bomber who detonated his explosive-laden car at a checkpoint near the entrance to Somalia's parliament. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)The Associated Press

A Somali police official says a car laden with explosives has exploded near the parliamentary building in Mogadishu, killing four people. The Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein said the car exploded at a checkpoint where it had been stopped by Somali troops.

Al-Shabab said it was responsible for the killing of a Somali lawmaker and his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

The targeting of members of parliament appears to be a new strategy for al-Shabab. The parliament is seen as an emerging pillar of democracy in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

Al-Shabab militants have previously carried out attacks against United Nations staff, government officials and African Union peacekeepers.